A growing concern: peat is bad for the planet – and for plants

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It contains little to no nutrients and requires constant work. There’s simply no reason to continue using peat

The gardening world can be slow to change and, as much as that can frustrate – even infuriate me at times – I love the reassuring familiarity and nostalgia. In an ever-changing, unpredictable world, it’s an anchor for traditions and our sense of identity. However, sometimes this resistance to change can lead to curious outcomes, that I would argue not only get in the way of us becoming better gardeners, but ironically even hamper our connection with our gardening heritage.

I never would have imagined when, as a teenager, I first read about the debate surrounding peat, that I would still be seeing it rage on decades later. As much as I think in gardening, as in all creative pursuits, a diversity of views is essential, it is an objective reality that the continued use of peat as a growing medium can not be defended from an environmental point of view.

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